Parking tickets hurt city’s small businesses

It both confuses and angers me when the City of Buffalo encourages people to patronize businesses in the city – for example, Hertel and Elmwood avenues – yet the Parking Violations Bureau has no problem issuing a $30 ticket after your meter has expired by four minutes. Therefore, a $35 haircut turns into a $65 one.

It was my understanding that parking meters were originally installed to prevent people from parking their cars all day or night in one spot, therefore allowing patrons to frequent the businesses. I never realized that issuing parking tickets was strictly a source of revenue. I can see why people flock to the suburbs to shop.

Mary Beth LeCastre